Vice President's Message
In my 37-year career as a fundraiser for universities, I’ve often heard people say, “I could never do what you do!” The idea of asking someone to donate money is terrifying to many. In fact, I know of a former U.S. Secretary of State who expressed just such a trepidation in making a fundraising call for his alma mater.
At the risk of my own job security, I’ll tell you a secret: It is actually very easy to ask. In reality, fundraisers merely serve as a liaison in the relationship between our donors and Cal Poly Pomona, whether the beneficiary here is a college, department, faculty member or a student. We fundraisers play a complementary role to our donors, who are making the weighty decision to sacrifice a portion of their resources for a need, a goal or sometimes even an institution’s dream. The institution we represent has the significant obligation to steward those resources wisely, appropriately and effectively. While we may have a role facilitating the donation, clearly you and our many donors deserve the primary credit for what gets accomplished. We are just lucky — and truly honored — to have a front-row seat for the sequence of events.
Long ago, one of my wise volunteers shared an appeal he expressed to others: “Don’t give until it hurts. Give until it feels good!” I hope you not only feel good but great about what you have done for Cal Poly Pomona! You deserve it.
Thank you again for your support.